VIDEO - How To Make a Safe Lane Change

video iconRick August of Smart Drive Test explains how to find a safe gap and change lanes properly. Here's the description from YouTube:

The cornerstone of changing lanes safely and properly is to communicate your intention. And remember, "signals are to tell other drivers that you wish to move over, not that you are moving over!"

Driving Safely in the Fog

heavy fog signIt's night and I'm driving into the gray cotton of fog caused by a lingering temperature inversion. Vision is limited, the roads are wet, it's just a few degrees above freezing and some of the traffic to my left is driving like it's a sunny afternoon in August. As they whoosh by me nose to tail at speeds exceeding the posted limit I marvel at what I imagine is their ability to see so much better than I can. I also admire their ability to anticipate and use quick reflexes to get themselves out of trouble if something unexpected happens ahead.

VIDEO - Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero

video iconThis video is an explanation of the Dutch Sustainable Safety policy by professor Peter Furth of the Northeastern University of Boston, 

EVENT - Brushing Up for Seniors

Wise OwlJoin me in the seminar Brushing Up for Seniors on December 13, 2017, part of Vancouver Island University's Elder College program. We will look at road sign recognition, night and freeway driving, turning at intersections, vehicle safety systems (seatbelts, airbags, traction control, ESC, and more) and alcohol with a focus on how it affects older drivers.

It's Been a Busy Week!

Exclamation Mark SignIt's been a busy week in B.C. for road safety related announcements by our provincial government. ICBC announced a distracted driving technology pilot project, dangerous drivers may expect to be subject to longer periods of driving prohibition, the CounterAttack program turns 40 years old and the investigation of cognitively impaired drivers will no longer include DriveABLE testing.

Headlight Systems can be Complex to Police

HID HeadlightsIn my time as a driver I've seen headlight technology progress from tungsten filament glass sealed beams to quartz halogen, high intensity discharge and now LED and even laser. There is more light on the road today from the driver's point of view than there has ever been. While that can be a good thing if all that light is coming from your vehicle, it might not be so great if you are the one facing it.

CASE LAW - R v Taylor

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJewel Taylor was issued a 3 count violation ticket in North Vancouver and in February of 2016 paid the fines shown on the ticket. She subsequently received a bill from ICBC for the point penalties involved totalling $640. Shortly after that she applied for an extension of time to appeal her conviction. She was 18 months late in doing so according to the Criminal Rules of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

HOURS OF SERVICE - Operating Within 160 km

Pedestrian CrossingCommercial drivers operating within a 160 km radius of their home base are not required to record their hours of service in a log book. However, they are still required to abide by the hours of service rules which, even with a log book, is not a simple task. To insure that this is being done, the carrier is required to maintain the record instead of the driver. Operating Within the 160 km is an article provided by Safety Driven (Trucking Safety Council of BC) detailing the importance of the carrier maintaining proper records.

Pedestrians vs Drivers

Pedestrian CrossingI was a bit taken aback after reading a discussion on Twitter the other day. The conversation was between a driver and a pedestrian who seemed to hold opposite points of view. The pedestrian felt that they should not have to wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to be seen at night.

REFERENCE - Road Safety Countermeasures That Work

Countermeasures That Work cover imageAt 437 pages, this is not a short reference document. Produced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, the publication is meant to be a basic reference for State Highway Safety Offices to help them select effective, evidence-based countermeasures for traffic safety problem areas:

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